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tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 09:23PM JST
Certainly am making an assumption. Based on the "expert" panels I have seen here on various issues be it parenting, education, suicide... Based on who runs this country. Do I need to remind you how poorly women are represented here in management and government positions?
You are entitled to your opinion as am I. Hence the point of the board. Are you going to lecture the others who are also suggesting this will be a waste of tax money based on assumptions or am I just the "lucky" one? I see plenty if other comments suggesting this is silly. Why not "lecture" those guys as well?
Posted in: 116 cases of babies falling from baby slings reported
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 06:24PM JST
Today is just for remembering the rest of the time we can do more!
But it should also be about educating future generations so this horrific event doesn't happen again.
Anyone else have to listen to black vans all day?
Posted in: Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 06:21PM JST
If you go and read the Japan Times articles, dad did everything he could do. Stop blaming the dad!! Blame the system that allowed this child to poison kids in 6th grade and not be punished. Blame the system that allowed her to knowing kill cats and not be punished. Blame the system for having someone who assessed her and stated that this kid was capable of murdering someone months before she did yet the system ignore the advice and didn't do anything. Blame the system for not allowing dad and step-mom to have this child medicated and put in care the day before she killed this poor child.
Good lord it is like some of you forgot the dad was working and dead mom was the primary care giver - as usual - in this country. If you want to place blame on a parent, blame the dead mom, who but reports, pushed this kid and actually sat on an education board but yet didn't do anything to get the help her child needed. Seriously, education board and her kid poisoned classmates. Not ONCE but FIVE times!!
Posted in: Japan teen murder accused 'kept cat's head in fridge'
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 06:14PM JST
No worries - you've just proven my point above that I made with getting a panel of "experts" to look at this is useless when parents don't often read or follow instructions. Save our taxes, save our trees, save their breathe... Much like how there are rules about child seats, seat belt, cycling helmets, not leaving kids alone in care.... far too frequently ignored here - and not punished. We can go on about child safety until we are blue in the face but until the government steps up and punishes these kind of parents, kids will continue to get hurt regardless of "experts" and their suggestions.
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 04:26PM JST
Educator, an interesting post. Can't help but wonder if folks are trying to push sales of Japanese brands after your post. Some offer inserts for newborns. Not sure why the companies are being held liable for this when there are options out there based on size, weight... J kids aren't THAT much smaller than western kids at birth nor through the years of the age where they can be carried. BLaming "foreign" brands is laughable. I also had a good chuckle at the video above that demonstrates a woman bending over and the doll falling out. Seriously, if someone if dumb enough to bend over, as the video demonstrates, while having a kid in a sling or carrier, nothing is going to help save that child from the stupidity of the parent.
Tessa, you know I agree with you! As always!
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 04:08PM JST
Jane, I am commenting on who they will hire as "experts" Do you think the old men in power who often sit on panels have had a hand in raising their kids - if they even have any? Many more dads are indeed taking part but those dads aren't usually in positions with the government nor would they be of an age to be called "experts" by the powers that be here. And you might want to look at the video posted in the link above to see who is doing the talking... a male in his late 50 or early 60s. Lord, do you people read who does most of the child rearing in this country? It isn't the mean. They're too busy slaving away at the office. I'm not commenting on anything that isn't well known in this country.
And one doesn't need to have kids here to be able to comment on some of the horrible parenting practises that one sees here. Just as one doesn't need to be in the education system to comment on how poor some things are. Just as one doesn't have to be in government to comment on how poor it can be. "Extreme" views because I think some don't take the proper safety measure? Seriously?
Kick, if you know what you are taking about, great! Me too! A sling is not the same as a carrier and don't blame me for the translation issue. You stated Ergo (which is a carrier) when the article states slings. I'm going by the info the article contains. Take it up with JT, not me.
And you can indeed sit down when changing positions with an ergo. As I stated, sit down and take the proper safety measures to look after the kid you are carrying. Why anyone would argue with taking safety measures when dealing with kids is beyond me.
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
Yes, because most "expert" panels in this county are made up of women, right? Young women who are mothers. Silly me! What was I thinking!
I think it is a huge waste of tax money when instructions are provided and parents who don't bother reading them won't bother reading the "safety" posters that these old guys think will help.
Kick learn the difference between a sling and a carrier.
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
Fair point Cleo but I only noticed it in the "world" news section.
I think 12 is fine for pictures and names considering the crime. What I detest more than anything is how "juvies" are treated differently and released back into the public under a new identity and the public being put at risk. The James Bulger case and the murder in Kobe come to mind for such examples.
Posted in: Boy fatally stabbed by 12-year-old at playground
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Apparently you didn't watch the story on television. Why bother with facts when you can just write fluff, right?
Well seeing as this is this first time I have heard of this, no, I didn't watch it on TV, I'm reading it online and going on the infor provided in the article - much like everyone else commenting I am assuming. Don't see you taking issue with them. Get over your petty grudge and bugger off.
Crush, these slings come with directions. There ARE bigger fish to fry which is why I would prefer taxes be used on frying them.
No idea why folks are complaining about babies on backs. Parents have been carrying their kids that way for ages. Safe when done correcty.
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
The issue here is "all or nothing". Japan makes rules and never follows through with punishments which then means things get banned. Make decent rules - alcohol allowed by no drunks, music is allowed but must be turned off at a certain time... Then actually follow through on those rules!! No point in making rules and then not giving out punishments for those who break them. Banning tats, music, alcohol, fun.... Japan needs to get a grip.
Posted in: Japan used to be tolerant of alcohol consumption and music at the beach, but now that local residents have come to be bothered by it I think that some amount of regulation is unavoidable. It will be good if this can become an opportunity for people to care about beaches and build up a willingness to follow the rules.
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 11:31AM JST
If people don't want to read about what is happening in other countries, a hint. Don't click on the article and don't bother with the section "world". Good lord people!
Tragic. What on earth caused this to happen?
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 11:28AM JST
Tip of the ice berg. More needs to be done and people should report when they see or hear abuse ( through the thin walls).
I think part of the issue here is if you call the cops or report anything, the cops come to your house in plain view so everyone knows who called. I am dealing with a neighbor who allows her two/three year old daughter to scream and cry endlessly. Seriously, goes on for about 45 - 60 mins at a time at least a few times a week. It seems, from what I hear, that mom is ignoring the child when said screamer has fits. To me, that is neglect and abuse. However, when I mentioned this to my husband and I suggested calling someone the question was who on earth do we call? Will they see it as abuse? And will they keep their trap shut that it was us that called or will they drive up, chat to us and then head over to the house. Or will they do nothing at all? I don't doubt this is nothing but the "terrible twos" but allowing your child to scream endless many times a week? Not okay in my books.
Posted in: No. of reported child abuse cases exceeds 70,000 in 2013
tmarieAug. 06, 2014 - 11:22AM JST
No doubt the "experts" will be a bunch of old guys who have never held a kid, their alone their own. Seriously, what a waste of tax money.
How about muppet parents don't try and move baby from back to front/front to back while standing? Sit down and make sure your child is safe. Is that too much to ask? Seems so for these 116 bone heads.
tmarieAug. 03, 2014 - 06:48PM JST
But when media outlets in Japan reported on the event, the audience here was not universally pleased, with some people calling it racist cultural appropriation.
“If this was any other country besides Japan, there would be protests that it was racist or discriminatory against overweight people and they would be forced to cancel the event. Japan is always made fun of like this.”
“When Japan had that airline commercial with a guy wearing a big nose and yellow wig, [foreigners] were quick to object, but at this event, they wear body suits and sumo wigs and that’s okay?”
ONE event and they cry yet everyday I see foreigners mocked on TV here. I personally don't get the connection, think it is rather funny and actually suggest that the Japanese might want to be happy anyone gives a damn about sumo because let's be honest, it's dying and only really surviving at this point because of foreigners.
Posted in: London’s Sumo Run has Japanese confused
tmarieAug. 03, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
Maybe he was trying to evade the new immigration policy of taking pictures of the locals? Either way, the guy is an idiot.
Posted in: Man arrested after jumping from aircraft at Narita airport
tmarieAug. 03, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
I didn't say I had "heard" that at all. I am just stating that your comment seems to suggest J husbands say such things because they love their wife and I think that is a joke - more so for the current old generation. If it was said because they expect three meals and a bath drawn, I'd agree with you but that isn't what you said - though you seem to have changed your mind in your last post by questioning if it would be said out of love. And no, the two phrases do not have the same meaning.
I've heard one.
it's the men who
Posted in: Japan women world's longest-lived as male lifespan tops 80
tmarieAug. 03, 2014 - 06:35PM JST
There's nothing but false security in the belief "it was just as much the pedestrian's fault." The pedestrian has a basic right to the use of the roads; drivers are permitted only by license to use the roads.
Are you actually trying to suggest that is would be fine for a pedestrian to rock up to a highway and walk around in the middle of it and when they get it, it will 100% be the fault of the driver because that sure seems what you are saying. If pedestrians had the basic "right" of the road, crosswalks, signals, sidewalks... would not be needed. This is clearly not the case in any country though and Japan continues to punish drivers for bonehead pedestrians and cyclists.
Posted in: 9-year-old girl hit by actor Jun Kaname's car
tmarieAug. 02, 2014 - 07:32PM JST
I find it interesting that the government has the money to pay for such a thing just after raising sales taxes to comabt the debt and Fukushima.
And let's be honest, we're all in the syste. I'm kind of glad the locals can now have their privacy invaded. I wonder when the outcry with begin?
So, how long until the data base is broken into and info stolen - or sold.
Posted in: Justice Ministry to test facial recognition software at Narita, Haneda airports
tmarieAug. 02, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
Yes, stealing from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich is working. Yippeeee!
Posted in: Japan PM tells Brazil 'Abenomics' working, time to do more business
tmarieAug. 02, 2014 - 07:27PM JST
Japan seriously needs to stop blaming drivers for everything. I have no idea what happened here but lord, the number of idiots I have had to slam my breaks on for is beyond okay. I know that if I hit them, it is my "fault" even if they are breaking numerous laws. Insane.
Hope the girl is okay.
Aug. 31, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
Someone has to pay for Abe's new war toys.
Stealth Fighters don't come cheap.
Posted in: Abe faces another bruising debate over next sales tax hike
to rein in government debt
Why should the general public be responsible for the government's debt…
Aug. 31, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
Disgusting. Low wages... High taxes. Time to go home I think.
Aug. 31, 2014 - 09:28AM JST
Ukraine has a paper army. In reality they have only several thousand combat ready troops.
Posted in: EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia
Aug. 31, 2014 - 09:27AM JST
These 'people in high positions' are elected by the Japanese people and it's their JOB to…
Posted in: U.N. issues fresh call to Japan over WWII 'comfort women'